[client com] Preparation for Istanbul

Gregory, Holly holly.gregory at sidley.com
Wed Mar 18 19:43:30 UTC 2015

We were not planning on being on the CWG call, but let us know if we should be.

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From: Greg Shatan
Sent: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 02:36:53 PM
To: Gregory, Holly
Cc: Jonathan Robinson; Lise Fuhr; Maarten Simon; Boucher, Rick; Flanagan, Sharon; Fuller, Miles; Hilton, Tyler; Hitzeman, James W.; Hofheimer, Joshua T.; Kerry, Cameron; McNicholas, Edward R.; Mohan, Vivek; Tam, Tennie H.; Zagorin, Janet S.; Client
Subject: Re: Preparation for Istanbul

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Thank you for the update.  We are looking forward to receiving the discussion draft of responses to the 12 questions (and related subquestions).

We think that the proposed discussion topic and approach for Istanbul makes good sense.  It is important for you and your team to continue gaining further insight into the issues and viewpoints driving the CWG.  At the same time, it is important for us to have you reorganize and refine the priorities for a successful proposal, both at the macro level and at the level of individual processes, mechanisms and structures.

We also expect that a discussion of Sidley's responses to the 12 questions will be a necessary and important part of the Istanbul meeting.  I'm sure that a dialogue on certain points will be very important to understanding the responses and using them to further our work.

In terms of logistics, do you expect that you or any of your colleagues will be on tomorrow morning's CWG call from 7-9 am EDT?  Please let us know.

We look forward to hearing from you.


On Mon, Mar 16, 2015 at 10:39 AM, Gregory, Holly <holly.gregory at sidley.com<mailto:holly.gregory at sidley.com>> wrote:

Jonathan, Lise, Maarten and Greg,

We have made good progress over the weekend in addressing the 12 questions posed in the scoping document and hope to be able to provide it to you as a discussion draft  prior to our Thursday call.  We also have discussed internally and would like to discuss with you a potential discussion topic/approach  for Istanbul:

Based on what we have learned to date by reviewing the external and internal proposals, digesting related materials  and participating in diligence conversations with you, we are extracting and  outlining for ourselves the high level principles, considerations and concerns that it appears are priority items with the CWG  for any successful proposal to address.   This of course begins with the CWG requirements that have been concisely articulated in the scoping document,  with due consideration to the NTIA requirements as well.  What we are seeking to understand is whether in the course of CWG’s discussions of alternative proposals to date additional considerations and concerns have emerged that are expressed to some degree in the current proposals and the questions posed related to those proposals  – for example, the concern about “capture.”

We propose that we have a discussion in Istanbul of the priority items that  any successful proposal should  accomplish, address and avoid.    This will be in the nature of a review for the CWG but we think it will help move the project forward for us by providing insights into the issues and viewpoints that underlie the current proposals.  It will afford an opportunity to test and strengthen our understanding of the CWG’s priorities and criteria and better position us to help the CWG consider how to amend and focus the current proposals as well as advise on potential alternatives.

We look forward to your reaction.


Sidley Austin LLP
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